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StarTimes Big League: Bright Light For UPDF As Second Round Kicks-off

Sunday Results

Plascon            1-2 UPDF

Saviour            0-0 Light SS

Nyamityobora  4-1 Kigezi Homeboyz

Dove FC          2-4 Kitara

Ndejje Univ     0-0 New Villa

Paidha B.A      2-2 Kiboga Young

By Francisco Bwambale

When coach Stephen Bogere assembled a team to visit Kansai Plascon at Bishop SS – Mukono on Sunday, he had one target at the back of his mind – a win to brighten the former StarTimes Uganda Premier League side – UPDF FC’s chances of returning to the elites’ class. And the target was hit, though after a struggle.

UPDF – playing their first fixture of the StarTimes Uganda Big League second round, picked a 2-1 win over hosts – Plascon to take their tally to 17 points, two behind second and top placed Kitara and Ndejje University, respectively.

The Bombo based army side was in a comfortable lead by the sound of the halftime whistle after Ezekiel Katende and Fred Katende, respectively scored in tall order, before Henry Kitegenyi threatened the technical bench as he pulled one back after recess.

The hosts could have walked away with at least a 2-2 draw but goalkeeper Douglas Kisembo – one of the three players, who were making their maiden appearance for UPDF, denied Kitegenyi a chance to convert from the spot, following a Ronald Owiny handball.

Najib Gwaidho and AbduKarim Kasule were the other players making their first appearance for UPDF as Bogere made his intentions clear.

UPDF FC Spokesman, David Kalyango told Zaabu Online that the team’s win against Plascon was a sign of players, technical staff as well as management’s determination to reclaim their StarTimes’ position.

“We are focused about one target – and that’s playing one of the three slots in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, next season,” said Kalyango.

UPDF next play Kigezi Homeboys on Sunday, away in Kabale. The Vialli Bainomugisha coached Kigezi lost 1-4 to Nyamityobora.

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